Jacob’s review published on Letterboxd:
“You wish me to lie to you? "Oh you look like an angel fallen from heaven, your majesty." No. Sometimes, you look like a badger. And you can rely on me to tell you.”
Okay, this has to be one of the best powerhouse performances from a female cast that I’ve ever seen so far. This film alone has reminded me that Rachel Weisz is one of the best actresses working today as well as Emma Stone. I can’t imagine a better performance portraying a queen as well as Olivia Coleman in this. When you have the actresses and the director on the same page you’re bound to be watching a great movie. This story is soooo wicked and deceitful. I loved this cat and mouse game between Emma and Rachel designing schemes to underhand each other to win the queen over. I did enjoy the ending, however I was left dissatisfied as well with how the outcomes of certain main characters were left unseen but when you have a almost 2 hour movie and I want more for the sake of how interested and invested I am then that’s a good sign but it is also it’s downfall for me but thankfully it didn’t ruin the movie at all for me. The setting and production is absolutely flawless, not once did I question this time period it was set in along with the posh dialogue from that time. I adored the directors method to explore a message without shoving it in your face. He has style and he has substance. His message is concrete while also being left for interpretation which is what I want from a movie with deep meaning, most directors hide away their material with unexplained symbolism that basically tells you to figure it out on your own with no explanation. The director Yorgos Lanthimos doesn’t do that here, he wants you to know what he’s saying while also wanting you to have a opinion on your own. What I loved most though was how he showed the wickedness of men as well as women. He doesn’t choose sides here. In this film all are evil and wicked in their own way. This movie is exactly how you write and direct a political message without dividing one side while being entertaining. Masterful performances and excellent directing in this dreamscape of a time that used to be. One of my now “Favourites” of 2018.